Company: The Center For Environmental Health (ceh)
Posted on: February 25, 2021
The Center for Environmental Health is looking for a skilled,
experienced, and dynamic Communications Director to embed strategic
communications throughout our organization. We seek a proven leader
who can manage the day-to-day communications needs of a growing,
fast-paced nonprofit while creating and implementing an effective
long-term communications plan.-- The Communications Director will
fully weave strategic communications planning and implementation
into the fabric of our programs and fundraising strategies. This
person will be an expert in their field and also a dedicated
supervisor and leader who makes time to teach, mentor, empower, and
partner with CEH staff. The Communications Director will work
closely with the Managing Director of Programs (MDP), Program
Leads, and the Director of Development. This person will report to
the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will serve on CEH's
Leadership Team. The Communications Director will supervise two
experienced and fun-loving communications professionals: our
Digital Manager and Digital Content & Engagement Manager-and we
hope to grow our communications team further in the future.
Organizational Overview Based in Oakland, but with a national
presence and impact, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)
utilizes a multi-pronged approach of science, policy, litigation,
and purchasing power to protect individuals, children, and
communities from toxic chemicals. We are the organization who
forced global companies to remove lead from children's products and
many more wide-reaching cases, including:--
- Helped end the government's requirement for toxic, ineffective,
flame-retardant chemicals in furniture, and then partnered with
large purchasers to choke off demand for products that contain
- Forced Coke and Pepsi to eliminate a cancer-causing chemical
from their products nationwide.
- Wrote the health studies that helped push NY Governor Cuomo to
ban fracking in the state.
- Held big tobacco accountable for its false assurances about the
safety of e-cigarettes, which, in truth, expose children and other
users to addictive and cancer-causing chemicals.
- Went to court to eliminate another carcinogen from over a
hundred shampoos sold nationwide.
- Partnered with Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Harvard University,
and others to demand the elimination of toxic chemicals from their
office furniture, leveraging over $500 million of annual purchasing
- Greatly reduced the amount of acrylamide, a cancer-causing
chemical, in 80 million servings of French fries sold every day.
CEH harnesses a number of tools to protect people from toxic
- Rigorous scientific testing
- Legislative and regulatory policy
- Corporate and community partnerships
- Communications Commitment to JEDI At CEH, striving for justice,
equity, diversity and inclusion ("JEDI") for all is critical to our
mission and values.-- We believe that to protect the health of all
people, we must address the disproportionate health effects of
toxic chemicals caused by systemic racism and other social
injustices. The movement to eliminate dangerous chemicals must move
forward in partnership with Environmental Justice, Reproductive
Justice, and other related movements working to address the
pressing social justice issues of our day. CEH prioritizes JEDI
core values throughout our organization. From our hiring processes
to our programmatic work, JEDI is at the forefront of our strategy
and culture: we push ourselves to ensure that CEH is a truly
inclusive organization and a model for the world we intend to
create. Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Communications
- Create and implement the annual and long-term communications
strategy for the organization, providing insight and direction on
all communications activities, including traditional and social
media, public relations, digital communications, multimedia
content, donor outreach, and communications for all other external
- Manage our communications staff, providing direction,
leadership, feedback, performance evaluations, and additional
guidance as needed.
- Create and implement staff training to build an
organization-wide culture of communications and storytelling in
which all program staff are regularly using communications tools
and channels to (1) strengthen their work, and (2) build CEH's
effectiveness and brand.
- In partnership with program and development staff, oversee
production of print, digital and other materials including advocacy
alerts, media outreach, newsletters, donor communications, social
media, special event collateral, and other content. Manage external
vendors, including printers, designers, etc.
- Lead CEH's external messaging and internal staff and board
- Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson
for the organization.
- Lead the effort to find conferences and other public speaking
opportunities for staff.
- Work collaboratively with program staff on communications
- Engage, train, and support the Board of Directors in messaging
and communications, as needed.
- Support other, related organizational and program work as
- Other duties as assigned Qualifications The successful
candidate will bring the following minimum qualifications:
- 5+ years of management experience with 5+ years in a
communications leadership role.
- Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related
field or equivalent experience. An advanced degree is preferred,
but not required.
- Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and
implementing a comprehensive strategic communications, media
relations, and marketing program to advance a nonprofit
organization's mission and goals.--
- Demonstrated experience planning, writing, editing, and
producing newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing
literature, and other publications, collateral, and multi-media
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
- Proven success in creating an environment that moves an
organization towards a culture of effective and strategic
communications and skilled in nurturing that culture's growth and
- Ability to translate strategy into action plans and
- Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in
communications, public relations, marketing, and digital and social
- Superior management skills; ability to influence and get the
most from direct and indirect reports and peers.
- Expertise in, and deep commitment to, Justice, Equity,
Diversity, and Inclusion, (JEDI)
- Knowledge of communicating with diverse groups, working with a
multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation to
cultural differences is required.--
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity,
inclusion and justice
- Commitment to environmental justice, environmental health,
diversity, and inclusion.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse
groups of people.
- Superb presentation skills and ability to persuasively convey
the mission and work of CEH to diverse external audiences.
- Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills,
including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Entrepreneurialism and self-motivation.
- Initiative, energy, creativity, sense of humor, and a
- Grace under pressure, compassion, integrity, and the ability to
be both kind and honest.
- Proficiency with Microsoft suite of tools. Adobe, WordPress,
and Salesforce experience preferred, but not required Our
headquarters are in Oakland and we have staff in Seattle, the
Washington, D.C. area, and North Carolina. We expect that the
Communications Director will work from Oakland. Applying for the
Job Write/gather the following materials and send in a single PDF:
- Short writing sample (two pages maximum)
- Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references
Please merge these materials into a single PDF whose file name
includes "Communications Director Position" and your surname. Then
email that PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Communications
Director Application). This position will remain open until we find
the right person to fill it. If this posting is still up, go ahead
and apply. CEH is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization
committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we
consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or
expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status,
age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities or
national origin. Protecting People from Toxic Chemicals 2201
Broadway, Suite 508
Oakland, CA 94612
510-655-3900 Center for Environmental Health, 2020. All Rights
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